St. Lucie County Sheriff Mascara discusses "Operation Street Peace"
Today at a news conference, St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara and Fort Pierce Police Chief R. Sean Baldwin announced the results of the June - Aug. 20 "Operation Street Peace" which targeted high crime areas in northern Fort Pierce.
The operation resulted in hundreds of arrests, including those of many gang members, and the seizure of dozens of weapons and quantities of drugs.
Here is Sheriff Mascara's statement:
WE ARE HERE TODAY TO SHARE THE RESULTS OF "OPERATION STREET PEACE," A COOPERATIVE EFFORT BETWEEN THE ST. LUCIE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE, FORT PIERCE POLICE DEPARTMENT AND OUR COMMUNITY TO SUPPRESS VIOLENT CRIME IN THE NORTHWEST SECTION OF FORT PIERCE.
THE OPERATION CONCENTRATED ON "HOT SPOTS," WHICH WERE AREAS WITH A HISTORY OF VIOLENT CRIMES. THE OPERATION DATES WERE JUNE 1 THOURGH AUGUST 20, AND COINCIDED WITH THE SCHOOL YEAR SUMMER BREAK.
A TOTAL OF 12 ST. LUCIE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES AND 6 FORT PIERCE POLICE DEPARTMENT OFFICERS WERE ASSIGNED TO THE OPERATION. ADDITIONAL PERSONNEL WERE BROUGHT IN AS NEEDED.
AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE OPERATION, A TOTAL OF 678 PEOPLE WERE ARRESTED. THE CHARGES INCLUDED 172 FELONIES AND 506 MISDEMEANORS. THE PEOPLE ARRESTED HAD COLLECTIVE CRIMINAL HISTORIES TO INCLUDE 26 HOMICIDES, 70 ARMED OR STRONG ARM ROBBERIES, 92 AGGRAVATED BATTERIES AND OR AGGRAVATED ASSAULTS AND 15 SEX OFFENSES. 69 OF THOSE ARRESTED HAD TIES TO 9 DIFFERENT GANGS.
MOST ALARMING TO US ALL, A TOTAL OF 47 GUNS WERE SEIZED. ON THE BOARD ARE 31 OF THE WORST OF THOSE ARRESTED.
IN THESE TIMES OF INCREASED VIOLENCE IN OUR COMMUNITY AND AN OVERALL INCREASED NATIONWIDE VIOLENCE AGAINST LAW ENFORCEMENT, IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOT ONLY TO REMOVE THE WORST OF THE CRIMINAL ELEMENT FROM THE STREETS OF OUR COMMUNITY BUT TO REMOVE THE TOOLS OF THEIR TRADE, GUNS, FROM OUR COMMUNITY.
THIS EFFORT COULD NOT HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE WITHOUT THE EFFORTS OF THE DEDICATED MEN AND WOMEN OF THE SLCSO AND FPPD AND OUR COMMUNITY THAT SUPPORTED THIS EFFORT.
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St. Lucie County Sheriff Mascara (left) and Fort Pierce Police Chief Baldwin discuss the weapons seized in
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